BEATLES NOVELTIES.
THE FOUR PREPS.
A LETTER TO THE BEATLES.



USA, 1964







CAPITOL RECORDS 5143



1- A LETTER TO THE BEATLES

2- COLLEGE CANNONBALL










The Four Preps were a popular quartet, whose greatest popularity was in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This Capitol label group recorded this tribute song on 10th February 1964 and released as Capitol 5143 on 9th March 1964, reaching number 85 on the Billboard chart during its three weeks in it.

BEATLEMANIA & THE SINGLES: (FROM "THE BEATLES' STORY ON CAPITOL RECORDS", BY BRUCE SPIZER)

Although Capitol was slow to recognize the Beatles talent, the label was quick to capitalize on the group's success by releasing a trio of Beatles-related singles in early 1964. Donna Lynn's MY BOYFRIEND GOT A BEATLE HAIRCUT (CAPITOL 5127) was recorded on January 14, 1964, and was released on February 10, the day after the Beatles Ed Sullivan debut. THe song entered the Hot 100 on February 22, peaking at number 83 during its four-week run. Donna Lynn sang of competition from other girls, telling the tragic tale of how Donna nearly lost her lover: "My boyfriend got a Beatle haircut, oh unhappy day! My boyfriend got a Beatle haircut, now I can chase the girls away".

Gary LeMel, Ben Sherwin and Ann Sherwin were a group of friends in their early twenties who wrote a Beatles novelty song titled MY GIRL'S BEEN BITTEN BY THE BEATLE BUG (CAPITOL 5144). The trio signed under the name Annie and the Orphans. Their song was recorded at the Capitol Tower on February 10, 1964, and was released on Capitol 5144 simultaneously with the Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" on March 16. The record starts with the Orphans singing "RINGO RINGO RINGO STARR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE" to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. During the verses, Annie tells Johnnie he's so square because he doesn't know how to wear his hair (he needs a Beatle haircut) and sings that she'll see the group in her dreams ("stovepipe pants and jelly beans")and that she's going to stow away on an ocean liner bound for Liverpool.

On February 10, 1964, the Four Preps recorded a Beatle novelty tune, A LETTER TO THE BEATLES. The song was released as Capitol 5143 on March 9, 1964. (...)When the Beatles became the latest rage, it was only natural for the Four Preps to deliver a satirical song about fan adulation and the merchandizing of the invaders from Liverpool. A letter to The Beatles tells the woeful tale of a boy who lost his girlfriend to the British band. The song quickly charted in the Billboard Hot 100 at number 85, looking like it would be a hit. But then the Beatles (or more likely manager Brian Epstein) expressed displeasure to Capitol over the song. (...)"They probably found the song offensive, that we were accusing them of being blatantly commercial".
Here we get the boy's point of view on the band, and as you'd imagine it isn't complimentary. Girlfriend writes letter to the Beatles offering them "anything", they write back asking for "twenty-five cents for an autographed picture / one dollar bill for a fan club card / and if you send it right away you'll get a lock of hair / from my Saint Bernard". Girlfriend protests and gets the same form letter back, then she gives in, sends the money and dumps her poor boyfriend!


LYRICS:

My girl fell in love with a singing group from Enlgand far away
She lost her mind, she lost her heart, when they began to play
I want to hold your hand.

And so my girl wrote a letter to The Beatles saying you're so fine
You can have my love to keep, take this heart of mine
Beatles I'd give you anything, all of my true love
But they wrote a letter back to her saying that ain't enough.

You gotta send us 25 cents for an autographed picture
One dollar bill for a fan club card
And if you send in right away
You get a lock of hair from our St. Bernard
I want to hold your hand.

So she wrote another letter to The Beatles saying you misunderstood
It's you I love, it's you I want, to have and hold for good
Beatles I'd give you anything, all of my true love
But they wrote a letter back to her saying that ain't enough.

You gotta send us 25 cents for an autographed picture
One dollar bill for a fan club card
And if you send in right away
You get a lock of hair from our St. Bernard
I want to hold your hand.

So she wrote a last letter to The Beatles and now my song can end
Cause they're all around her, making her life another heaven
Yeah my girl and The Beatles got together and now she's my girl no more
Cause she wrote Dear Beatles, I love you very much, and furthermore.

She sent them 25 cents for an autographed picture
One dollar bill for a fan club card
And cause she sent it right away
She got a lock of hair from their St. Bernard.





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